DHL Supply Chain, a multinational contract logistics provider, is set to expand its use of automation, especially autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), at sites serving customers in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.
Increased use of automation forms part of the company’s strategic goals for the APAC region, with DHL hoping to have deployed 1,000 robots in its sites located here by 2025.
The expansion represents the largest investment in robotics and automation that DHL has made to date in this region.
Medical device customers Cardinal Health and Terumo are set to benefit from the expansion, which will see digital solutions and AMRs deployed to automate warehouse processes.
One such system includes an analytical warehouse automation platform designed to improve workflows through data-driven decision making.
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“At DHL Supply Chain Australia, we are leading the industry in automation research and development to create truly scalable, efficient and effective solutions for our customers,” said Steve Thompsett, CEO of DHL Supply Chain Australia and New Zealand.
“It’s important for us to innovate and to consistently optimise our customers’ supply chains.”
The solutions will be provided by warehouse robotics developer Locus Robotics, of which DHL is the largest global customer. Their partnership dates back to 2017.
“We’re glad to see DHL investing in automation and building capacity to be more efficient in the future,” added Jane Crowe, managing director, Cardinal Health.
“…Automation drives efficiency, improves employee safety and increases picking and packing accuracy. I look forward to DHL realising similar benefits to its operations, because it will also benefit our customers.”